The Musical Theater of Stephen Schwartz

Based on extensive interviews with Schwartz and a number of his major collaborators, this book provides a rare look into the creation of the composer and lyricist’s shows and films.

Author: Paul R. Laird

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810891920

Category: Performing Arts

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As the composer/lyricist for Godspell, Pippin, Wicked, and other musicals, Stephen Schwartz has enjoyed one of the most significant careers in American musical theater for more than four decades. Schwartz has also achieved success on the big screen, contributing to such films as Enchanted, The Prince of Egypt, and Pocahontas. For his work, he has received six Tony nominations, three Grammys, and three Academy Awards. The Musical Theater of Stephen Schwartz: From Godspell to Wicked and Beyond is a detailed examination of Schwartz’s various projects throughout his career. Musicologist Paul R. Laird discusses at length Schwartz’s major shows and also considers his other ventures, such as the music and lyrics for animated features from Disney and Dreamworks. The book focuses on two major aspects of Schwartz’s creations: the process of collaboration resulting in a project’s completion and a descriptive analysis of his music and lyrics. Laird also describes each show’s critical reception and its place in the larger history of musical theater. Based on extensive interviews with Schwartz and a number of his major collaborators, this book provides a rare look into the creation of the composer and lyricist’s shows and films. The Musical Theater of Stephen Schwartz is intended for fans as well as students and professional researchers in music, theater, and the musical theater.
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Defying Gravity

She rounds out the book with photographs, Schwartz’s handwritten notes, and highlighted quotations.

Author: Carol de Giere

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781540043719

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

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From his writing of Godspell's score at age 23 through the making of the megahit musical Wicked and beyond, Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked takes readers into the world of the legendary Broadway and film composer-lyricist. In this authorized biography, drawing from her interviews with Schwartz and his collaborators, author Carol de Giere focuses on the behind-the-scenes stories for Schwartz's hits and disappointing flops. Readers will find colorful anecdotes and insights for his licensed musicals Children of Eden, Pippin Working, and others. Defying Gravity also includes Hollywood stories, beginning with a new foreword by composer Alan Menken. This updated and revised second edition delves into Stephen Schwartz's creative process for the new stage musicals The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, and other shows. It provides additional insights on Schwartz's early work with Leonard Bernstein and his more recent international work on Wicked. It offers additional “Creative Notes” – a popular feature of the first edition – with comments from Schwartz about overcoming creative blocks, collaboration, and the artistic life.
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Wicked

(E-Z Play Today). 12 songs from the acclaimed Broadway musical: As Long As You're Mine * Dancing Through Life * Defying Gravity * For Good * I'm Not That Girl * No Good Deed * No One Mourns the Wicked * One Short Day * Popular * What Is ...

Author: Stephen Schwartz

Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

ISBN: 1423410955

Category: Music

Page: 64

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(E-Z Play Today). 12 songs from the acclaimed Broadway musical: As Long As You're Mine * Dancing Through Life * Defying Gravity * For Good * I'm Not That Girl * No Good Deed * No One Mourns the Wicked * One Short Day * Popular * What Is This Feeling? * The Wizard and I * Wonderful.
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The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations

Personal interview with Edgar Lansbury, New York, 22 January 2008. For a
survey of the critical reaction to the stage version of Godspell, see Laird, The
Musical Theater of Stephen Schwartz, 24–27. Lee Silver, 'St Matthew's Gospel
Grooves ...

Author: Dominic McHugh

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190051549

Category: Music

Page: 624

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Hollywood's conversion to sound in the 1920s created an early peak in the film musical, following the immense success of The Jazz Singer. The opportunity to synchronize moving pictures with a soundtrack suited the musical in particular, since the heightened experience of song and dance drew attention to the novelty of the technological development. Until the near-collapse of the genre in the 1960s, the film musical enjoyed around thirty years of development, as landmarks such as The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St Louis, Singin' in the Rain, and Gigi showed the exciting possibilities of putting musicals on the silver screen. The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations traces how the genre of the stage-to-screen musical has evolved, starting with screen adaptations of operettas such as The Desert Song and Rio Rita, and looks at how the Hollywood studios in the 1930s exploited the publication of sheet music as part of their income. Numerous chapters examine specific screen adaptations in depth, including not only favorites such as Annie and Kiss Me, Kate but also some of the lesser-known titles like Li'l Abner and Roberta and problematic adaptations such as Carousel and Paint Your Wagon. Together, the chapters incite lively debates about the process of adapting Broadway for the big screen and provide models for future studies.
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The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical

133–150. 6 Paul R. Laird. The Musical Theater of Stephen Schwartz: From
Godspell to Wicked and Beyond. ... 9 For more information on the creative
process of Godspell, see de Giere's chapter, “Godspell Off-Off Broadway.”
Defying Gravity ...

Author: Jessica Sternfeld

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134851850

Category: Music

Page: 486

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The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical is dedicated to the musical’s evolving relationship to American culture in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. In the past decade-and-a-half, international scholars from an ever-widening number of disciplines and specializations have been actively contributing to the interdisciplinary field of musical theater studies. Musicals have served not only to mirror the sociopolitical, economic, and cultural tenor of the times, but have helped shape and influence it, in America and across the globe: a genre that may seem, at first glance, light-hearted and escapist serves also as a bold commentary on society. Forty-four essays examine the contemporary musical as an ever-shifting product of an ever-changing culture. This volume sheds new light on the American musical as a thriving, contemporary performing arts genre, one that could have died out in the post-Tin Pan Alley era but instead has managed to remain culturally viable and influential, in part by newly embracing a series of complex contradictions. At present, the American musical is a live, localized, old-fashioned genre that has simultaneously developed into an increasingly globalized, tech-savvy, intensely mediated mass entertainment form. Similarly, as it has become increasingly international in its scope and appeal, the stage musical has also become more firmly rooted to Broadway—the idea, if not the place—and thus branded as a quintessentially American entertainment.
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Musical Theater

Stephen Schwartz had sworn never to return to Broadway, and instead had gone
to Hollywood, where he wrote lyrics for the animated Disney films Pocahontas (
1995) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996); the music was by Alan Menken
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Author: Alyson McLamore

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317191049

Category: Music

Page: 566

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Musical Theater: An Appreciation, Second Edition offers a history of musical theater from its operating origins to the Broadway shows of today, combined with an in-depth study of the musical styles that paralleled changes on stage. Alyson McLamore teaches readers how to listen to both the words and the music of the stage musical, enabling them to understand how all the components of a show interact to create a compelling experience for audiences. This second edition has been updated with new chapters covering recent developments in the twenty-first century, while insights from recent scholarship on musical theater have been incorporated throughout the text. The musical examples discussed in the text now include detailed listening guides, while a new companion website includes plot summaries and links to audio of the musical examples. From Don Giovanni to Hamilton, Musical Theater: An Appreciation both explores the history of musical theater and develops a deep appreciation of the musical elements at the heart of this unique art form.
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Historical Dictionary of the Broadway Musical

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of the Broadway Musical contains a chronology, an introduction, an appendix, and an extensive bibliography.

Author: William A. Everett

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442256699

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

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This second edition of Historical Dictionary of the Broadway Musical contains a chronology, an introduction, an appendix, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1000 cross-referenced entries on Broadway shows, composers, playwrights, directors, producers, designers, actors, and theatres. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Broadway musicals.
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The Cambridge Companion to the Musical

An expanded and updated edition of this acclaimed, wide-ranging survey of musical theatre in New York, London, and elsewhere.

Author: William A. Everett

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107114746

Category: Music

Page: 483

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An expanded and updated edition of this acclaimed, wide-ranging survey of musical theatre in New York, London, and elsewhere.
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Wicked

Laird brings together an impressive amount of detail on the creation of Wicked, including a look at Maguire's novel, as well as the original source material, The Wizard of Oz. This volume also offers a history of the show's genesis along ...

Author: Paul R. Laird

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810877528

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 358

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In 2004, the original Broadway production of Wicked earned 10 Tony nominations, including best musical. Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, the show continues to run on Broadway and has touring companies throughout the United States and around the world. In Wicked: A Musical Biography, author Paul Laird explores the creation of this popular Broadway musical through an examination of draft scripts, interviews with major figures, and the study of primary musical sources such as sketches, drafts, and completed musical scores. Laird brings together an impressive amount of detail on the creation of Wicked, including a look at Maguire's novel, as well as the original source material, The Wizard of Oz. This volume also offers a history of the show's genesis along with examinations of the draft scenarios and scripts that demonstrate the show's development. Laird also explores Stephen Schwartz's life and work, providing an analysis of the composer and lyricist's work on the show through song drafts, sketches, and musical examples. Laird also surveys the show's critical reception in New York and London, noting how many critics failed to appreciate its qualities or anticipate its great success. The unusual nature of Wicked's story—dominated by two strong female leads—is also placed in the context of Broadway history. A unique look into a successful Broadway production, Wicked: A Musical Biography will be of interest to musicologists, theatre scholars, students, and general readers alike.
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Musical Theatre

This unique workbook is your companion to Musical Theatre training, guiding you through the entire process of preparing material for performance.

Author: Kenneth Pickering

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137331632

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 136

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This unique workbook is your companion to Musical Theatre training, guiding you through the entire process of preparing material for performance. Blending practical advice with essential historical and theoretical information, this book will help you develop the key skills needed to move easily between acting, singing and dancing. It includes: • vocal and physical exercises • tasks to help approach scripts and vocal scores • a summary of the origins, development and multiple forms of Musical Theatre • research activities and questions • a glossary of key terms Lively and accessible, Musical Theatre: A Workbook will be invaluable throughout your course or career in this ever-growing field of performance.
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We Can t All Come and Go by Bubble

A fun sentimental gift for fans of the popular Broadway musical "Wicked." ***** This journal alternates between 9 LINED pages for writing and 1 BLANK page for sketching/drawing throughout - no text.

Author: Faire Wether

Publisher:

ISBN: 1687220557

Category:

Page: 112

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A fun sentimental gift for fans of the popular Broadway musical "Wicked." ***** This journal alternates between 9 LINED pages for writing and 1 BLANK page for sketching/drawing throughout - no text. Size 5.2" x 0.2" x 8" with 110 pages total. A softcover journal that can be used for class notes, show notes, as a diary, or conversation piece. Perfect for musical theater students, theater fans, and thespians. Make the gift even more special by stuffing a gift certificate, some show tickets, or a little cash into the folds. -------------------- On the BACK COVER: Broadway Musical: "Wicked." Inspired by the musical, "Wicked," written by Stephen Schwartz. The quote on the cover is spoken by Elphaba to Glinda. Not everyone is cool, popular, and floats around in a bubble. ------------ Check out our collection of other witty titles and quotes on journals and 8 x 10 notebooks. Also available from Amazon.com and WriteRunBooks.com: "Defy Gravity!" ISBN-13: 978-1979015905 (Journal)----- "Defy Gravity!" ISBN-13:978-1976550539 (Journal) ----- "It's time to trust my instincts, close my eyes, and leap!" ISBN-13: 978-1721783779 ----- "Because I knew you, I have been changed for good" ISBN-13: 978-1548238933 ----- "Because I knew you, I have been changed for good" ISBN-13: 978-1974371068 ----- "Whatever way our stories end, I know you have rewritten mine by being my friend" ISBN-13: 978-1977689306 ----- "Everyone deserves the chance to fly!" ISBN-13: 978-1979013338 ----- "Everyone deserves the chance to fly!" ISBN-13: 978-1976553660, and more
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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

A fun sentimental gift for fans of the popular Broadway musical "Wicked." ***** This journal alternates between 9 LINED pages for writing and 1 BLANK page for sketching/drawing throughout - no text.

Author: Faire Wether

Publisher:

ISBN: 1700547739

Category:

Page: 112

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A fun sentimental gift for fans of the popular Broadway musical "Wicked." ***** This journal alternates between 9 LINED pages for writing and 1 BLANK page for sketching/drawing throughout - no text. Size 5.2" x 0.2" x 8" with 110 pages total. A softcover journal that can be used for class notes, show notes, a diary, or conversation piece. Perfect for musical theater students, theater fans, theater geeks, and thespians. Make the gift even more special by stuffing a gift certificate, some show tickets, or a little cash into the folds. -------------------- On the BACK COVER: Broadway Musical: "Wicked." Inspired by the song "No Good Deed," written by Stephen Schwartz, and sung by Idina Menzel as Elphaba in the original cast. "All helpful urges should be circumvented." ------------ Check out our collection of other witty titles and quotes on journals and notebooks: "Defy Gravity!" ISBN-13: 978-1979015905 (Journal) ----- "Defy Gravity!" ISBN-13:978-1976550539 (Journal) ----- "It's time to trust my instincts, close my eyes, and leap!" ISBN-13: 978-1721783779 ----- "Because I knew you, I have been changed for good" ISBN-13: 978-1548238933 ----- "Because I knew you, I have been changed for good" ISBN-13: 978-1974371068 ----- "Whatever way our stories end, I know you have rewritten mine by being my friend" ISBN-13:978-1974375479 ----- "Whatever way our stories end, I know you have rewritten mine by being my friend" ISBN-13: 978-1977689306 ----- "Everyone deserves the chance to fly!" ISBN-13: 978-1979013338 ----- "Everyone deserves the chance to fly!" ISBN-13: 978-1976553660
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I Want My Life to Be Something More Than Long

""I've got to be where my spirit can run free."A mysterious performance troupe tells the story of a young prince, heir to the Frankish throne, on his search for true happiness and significance.

Author: Pip Pin

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1727607848

Category:

Page: 110

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A simple sentimental journal with a cover quote that comes from a popular song "Corner of the Sky" in the 1972 musical "Pippin." **** This journal alternates between 8 LINED pages for writing and 2 BLANK pages for sketching/drawing throughout - no text. Size 5.2" x 0.2" x 8" with 110 pages total. **** Its pages can be used as a diary of milestones, a record of special memories, a place for random sketches and diagrams, a very long bucket list, a notebook for tips and tricks, and much more. Make the journal even more special by stuffing a gift certificate or a little cash into the folds. On the BACK COVER: Broadway Musical: "Pippin" - The cover quote comes from a popular song "Corner of the Sky" in the 1972 musical "Pippin." "I've got to be where my spirit can run free." A mysterious performance troupe tells the story of a young prince, heir to the Frankish throne, on his search for true happiness and significance. He seeks fulfillment on the battlefield, in passion, and in the intrigues of political power, until he finds his way. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz, the book is by Roger O. Hirson, and Bob Fosse directed the original Broadway production.
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Changed for Good

On Godspell's production history, see Carol de Giere, Defying Gravity: The
Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz from ... Musical Theatre (Hanover, NH:
Brandeis University Press, 2003), 282–83; and Elizabeth L. Wollman, The
Theater Will ...

Author: Stacy Wolf

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199831234

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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From Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" to Nina in "In the Heights" and Elphaba in "Wicked," female characters in Broadway musicals have belted and crooned their way into the American psyche. In this lively book, Stacy Wolf illuminates the women of American musical theatre - performers, creators, and characters -- from the start of the cold war to the present day, creating a new, feminist history of the genre. Moving from decade to decade, Wolf first highlights the assumptions that circulated about gender and sexuality at the time. She then looks at the leading musicals to stress the key aspects of the plays as they relate to women, and often finds overlooked moments of empowerment for female audience members. The musicals discussed here are among the most beloved in the canon--"West Side Story," "Cabaret," "A Chorus Line," "Phantom of the Opera," and many others--with special emphasis on the blockbuster "Wicked." Along the way, Wolf demonstrates how the musical since the mid-1940s has actually been dominated by women--women onstage, women in the wings, and women offstage as spectators and fans.
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Musical Theatre Auditions and Casting

The works of Stephen Schwartz, Maltby and Shire, and Stephen Flaherty, for
example, all take reference from the pop music of the day, but also – within their
musical context – are written specifically with focus on preparing for your audition
.

Author: Neil Rutherford

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408174821

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Musical theatre is a tough and over-crowded industry. Yet, despite the huge competition, many performers find auditioning difficult with little knowledge of what the directors, creative teams and producers are looking for, or how to win the panel over with their unique talent. As a leading international casting director, Neil Rutherford has seen thousands of hopefuls audition over the years. Uniquely, he also understands what it is like to audition from his years as a professional actor in musical theatre. This book provides a unique perspective on the musical theatre audition process and how to improve the chances of landing a role. With wit, humour and insight, Neil Rutherford guides the reader through the crucial elements of musical theatre auditions, opening up the process of casting and auditioning to the thousands of hopefuls trying to secure work in this industry every year, as well as anyone involved in musical theatre. With a foreword by Tony-award-winning director Bartlett Sher, the book also contains contributions from some of the world's leading directors and musical directors, including Sir Richard Eyre and Jerry Mitchell, adding further valuable insight from those at the centre of the musical theatre world. This book is a vital tool for anyone hoping to improve their audition chances and survive in the world of musical theatre.
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Broadway to Main Street

In Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America, author Laurence Maslon tells the story of how the most beloved songs of the American Musical Theater made their way from the Theater District to living rooms across the country.

Author: Laurence Maslon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190620417

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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The music of Broadway is one of America's most unique and popular calling cards. In Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America, author Laurence Maslon tells the story of how the most beloved songs of the American Musical Theater made their way from the Theater District to living rooms across the country. The crossroads where the music of Broadway meets popular culture is an expansive and pervasive juncture throughout most of the twentieth century--from sheet music to radio broadcasts to popular and original cast recordings--and continues to influence culture today through television, streaming, and the Internet. The original Broadway cast album--from the 78 rpm recording of Oklahoma! to the digital download of Hamilton--is one of the most successful, yet undervalued, genres in the history of popular recording. The challenge of capturing musical narrative with limited technology inspired the imagination of both the recording industry and millions of listeners: between 1949 and 1969, fifteen different original cast albums hit number one on the popular music charts, ultimately tallying more weeks at number one than all of the albums by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and The Beatles combined. The history of Broadway music is also the history of American popular music; the technological, commercial, and marketing forces of communications and media over the last century were inextricably bound up in the enterprise of bringing the musical gems of New York's Theater District to living rooms along Main Streets across the nation. Featuring new interviews with Stephen Schwartz, Chita Rivera, Steve Lawrence, and prominent record producers and music critics, the story of this commercial and emotional phenomenon is told here in full--from the imprimatur of sheet music from Broadway in the early 20th century to the renaissance of Broadway music in the digital age, folding in the immense impact of show music on American culture and in the context of the recording industry, popular tastes, and our shared national identity. A book which connects cherished cultural artifacts to the emotional narratives at the core of American popular music, Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America is an ideal companion for all fans of American musical theater and popular music.
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Children of Eden

Author: Stephen Schwartz

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015064210209

Category: Musicals

Page: 179

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Godspell

Edgar Lansbury, Stuart Duncan, and Joseph Beruh present "Godspell," a musical based upon the gospel according to St. Matthew, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, lighting by Lowell B. Achzinger, costumes by Susan Tsu, production stage ...

Author: Stephen Schwartz

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:773373152

Category: Musicals

Page: 101

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Wicked

Applause Books

Author: Winnie Holzman

Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Book Publishers

ISBN: 1423492765

Category: Music

Page: 160

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Each title in The Applause Libretto Library Series presents a Broadway musical with fresh packaging in a 6 x 9 trade paperback format. Each Complete Book and Lyrics is approved by the writers and attractively designed with color photo inserts from the Broadway production. All titles include introduction and foreword by renowned Broadway musical experts. Long before Dorothy dropped in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery, and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious, and very popular. The story of how these two unlikely friends end up as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch makes for the most spellbinding new musical in years.
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Pippin

Author: Stephen Schwartz

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:37708728

Category: Musicals

Page: 157

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